Yea, I've got mixed feelings about it. That is unfortunate for the folks down in the Valley. A lot of folks down there don't make a lot of money and can't afford a lease.
I was drawn for the rifle hunt once and enjoyed the hunt. What I didn't enjoy was, without assigned compartments, it was a total free-for-all when the hunt started. With all that land available to hunt, folks would move in and hunt just a few yards away knowing full well you were there first.
I have accumulated quite a few preference points in a couple of draw hunt categories including exotic. Hopefully they will put the hunt in one of those, although it seems that the points don't have as much weight anymore with increased applicants. There will be a lot more folks applying once the cat is out of the bag.
One thing as well, TPWD folks just seem to be friendlier and more helpful. I didn't have a real problem with the Federal guys at Laguna Atascosa and Aransas, but they were just very serious and not really friendly. More like cops than biologists.
Edited by Palehorse (02/28/16 01:32 PM)
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”